Safe & Healthy: The Risks of Raw Milk and Raw Milk Cheese

My family enjoys biking together. This past weekend we did a 25-mile loop to Paoli and Verona and back to Madison.  It was a perfect summer day, and we passed a lot of dairy farms on our route. The cows on the farms seemed contented, and so were we.  Recent results released by the Centers […]

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Safe & Healthy: The Dangers of Raw Milk

A recent outbreak of illness in Pepin County at Durand High School highlights the dangers of consuming raw (unpasteurized) milk. Several high school students who drank raw milk at a potluck were sickened with campylobacteriosis, liked to the bacterium Campylobacter jejuni. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia: Campylobacteriosis is […]

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Safe & Healthy: Food Safety at the Farmers’ Market

Shopping at a farmers’ market can be a great way to get locally-grown, fresh fruit, vegetables, and other foods for you and your family.  Market stands in the Madison area this past weekend were overflowing with winter squashes, apples, potatoes (white and sweet), cabbage, onions, peppers and even some late-season lettuce and tomatoes. As more […]

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Safe Preserving: Making Yogurt at Home

Yogurt is a cultured dairy product that can be made from whole, lowfat or skim milk. Although most yogurt in the United States is made from cow’s milk, any type of pasteurized milk can be used. In other countries, yogurt is made from the milk of water buffalo, yak, goat, horses and sheep. As interest […]

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Safe & Healthy: (not healthy) Raw Milk

Got raw milk? Pediatricians say “Don’t drink it, pour it down the drain.” An ABC News blog post on December 16, 2013  noted that the  nation’s top pediatrician’s group has issued a statement against the consumption of raw milk and milk products from cows, goats and sheep, warning that these unpasteurized products are a well-known […]

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